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Dual Degree Opportunities : Naval Architecture

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NA & ME) within the Rackham School of Graduate Studies offer a dual degree program enabling a small number of qualified students to pursue concurrent work in business administration and naval architecture and marine engineering studies leading to the MBA/MSE degrees.

The program is arranged so that all requirements are completed in three years of enrollment. The degrees are awarded simultaneously.

This combined degree program is not open to students who have earned either the MBA or MSE (NA&ME) degrees. Students already registered in the first year of either program may apply.

Students admitted to this dual degree program must satisfy the following degree requirements:

1) The MBA 57 credit hour degree program including:

  • 45 Business Administration Credits, made up of:
    • Roughly 30 credit hour MBA core (no credit awarded for Business Administration core courses successfully waved, credit must be earned with Business electives);
    • Roughly 15 elective hours in Business Administration;
    • MBA Communication Requirement.
  • Up to 12 credit hours of transferable electives from the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering;

2) The NA&ME 30 credit hour degree program including:

  • 15 Credits of the 30 minimum must be at the 500-level or above
  • 18 hours of graduate level NA&ME courses, to include NA500 and two of the five core courses (NA510, NA520, NA540, NA570, NA580);
  • 1 mathematics course
  • 2 cognate courses of which the mathematics course may count as one cognate

Due to the significant overlap between (1) and (2), the total credit hours for the dual degree program could range from 63 to 69, depending upon the graduate specialty area in the NA&ME department and the background of the student. No course work completed prior to admission in either program may be counted toward the MBA requirement of the dual program.

The dual program may begin with studies in either school. However, because of the sequenced nature of core courses in the MBA program, most students will find it advantageous to start with year one in the Business School. During year two courses are taken in both schools. Students will finish the program in NA&ME. Students who wish to begin in NA&ME should see a counselor in the Business School to arrange an appropriate plan of study.

Applicants interested in the MBA/MSE (NA&ME) program must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools.  Applicants must indicate on both applications that they are applying for this specific dual degree program. Applicants must take the GMAT for admission to Michigan's Ross School of Business and the GRE for admission into the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NA & ME).

Entering first year students should be aware that the NA & ME administers the Harry Benford/William E. Zimmie Graduate Fellowship. The annual award of $5000 is for dual degree students only; preference will be given to students who received their undergraduate degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. Fellowship applications should be made through the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Please see below for a sample plan of this dual degree program.

Starting at Business School
Year 1
Fall Term Courses Credits
Accounting 502 2.25
Bus. Econ. 502 2.25
Strategy 502 2.25
OMS 502 2.25
Marketing 503 2.25
Finance 503 or 513 2.25
MO 503 2.25


Winter Term Courses Credits
Accounting 552 2.25
Operations Mgt. 552 2.25
MAP BA 553 7.5
Business Elective 1.5
Total 14.25
Year 2
Fall Term Courses Credits
NAME Core Courses 12
Business Law or Ethics 1.5
Strategy 503 1.5
Total 15
Winter Term Courses Credits
NAME Core Courses 9
Business Electives 6


Year 3
Fall Term Courses Credits
Business Electives 6
NAME Electives 6


Winter Term Courses Credits
Business Electives 6
NAME Electives 6



Note: At least three terms of full-time enrollment must be completed each in Business Administration. Full-time enrollment is defined as 9 credit hours or more of coursework per term.
Sample Note: Credit per term will vary. Your credits per term may differ from sample.